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The City of London: London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom . London has been an important settlement for almost two millennia. It is one of the largest global cities for its involvement in business, politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and arts . London is an international leader in finance. London is also one of the most populous and largest cities in Europe. The city is situated by the river Thames. Some of the most visited places in London are Albert Memorial, British Library, London Dungeon, Madame Tussaud's, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Millennium Dome, Greenwich Observatory, and St. Pauls.

The Fourteenth Olympiad: The 1948 Summer Olympics was officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad . The Games were held in 1948 in London, England . These were the first Summer Games since 1936 as there was a 12years gap due to out break of the World War II.

Venue: The Fourteenth Summer Games were held at Wembley Stadium , in London, England in 1948. Wembley Stadium is England's National Stadium for football. It is one of the world's most famous football stadiums.

Participants: 4099 participants competed in the fourteenth Olympiad. The 59 countries which took part in the Games were Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, British Guiana, Burma, Canada, Ceylon, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Eire, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, U.S.A., Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.

Events: In the fourteenth Olympiad there were 136events in 17 sports. The sports included in the program were athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: United States won the highest number of medals. They won 38 gold, 27 silver and 19 bronze medals which made a total of 84 medals.

A Brief Description of the Fourteenth Olympiad: The Fourteenth Summer Games were held from 29 th July to 14 th August in London, the capital of England. The Games were officially opened by King George VI. The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Don Finlay. The Olympic Flame was lit by John Mark.


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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

 

Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.


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